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World's Fastest & Largest SSD Announced

Gordon Kelly


World's Fastest & Largest SSD Announced

Time for a little escapism...

While we still have plenty more goodies still to show you from CES time stands still for no one, certainly not if you're in the SSD sector. Possibly the fastest moving market area at the moment, it has just shown off the world's first one terabyte solid state drive.

Made by New Jersey based PureSilicon, a company which designs primarily for enterprise and military customers, the SATA II monster will be produced in a 2.5in form factor meaning it becomes the highest density drive ever made.

Dubbed the 'Nitro' it has an ultra thin enclosure (9.5mm) and is designed to be chained together with four drives taking up the same physical space as just one 3.5 incher. In quad array, PureSilicon also claims the Nitros will approach the performance ceiling of SATA II. So that's 4TB of SSD storage operating at nearly 300MB per second - and yes, that does turn us green with envy. On their lonesome however they're no slouches either with quoted 240MBps sustained read and 215MBps sustain write speeds. Wow.

Other stats? MTTF: no less than two million hours, active and idle power use: 4.8W and 0.1W typical and the ability to withstand up to 1500G of shock during operation.

Naturally PureSilicon is looking to supply everyone but consumers with a Nitro and it hasn't yet announced formal shipping or pricing information for the product. Safe to say however if you have to ask...


January 13, 2009, 11:20 am

i'd happily join the army if it meant i could get my hands on one of those.


January 13, 2009, 1:45 pm

Guys, guys, guys... gigabytes or terabytes? Please fix it...

Martin 6

January 13, 2009, 1:46 pm

So that's 4GB of SSD storage operating at nearly 300MB per second

is that really the largest size 4GB? should that read TB?

Chris Reed

January 13, 2009, 1:47 pm

4 GB! Shame on you! I guess you mean 4 TB. If it was 4 GB I would be ripping the HDs out of all the Acorn PCs lying around and touting them to the MoD for &#83642500 a pop :P


January 13, 2009, 1:51 pm

"So that's 4GB of SSD storage operating at nearly 300MB per second" me thinks that's 4TB of lovely storage, not 4GB.


January 13, 2009, 2:26 pm

It's 1TB. I'll reprimand Gordon appropriately. (The 4 *is* just above the 1 after all).


January 13, 2009, 2:47 pm

"In quad array, PureSilicon also claims the Nitros will approach the performance ceiling of SATA II. So that's 1TB of SSD storage operating at nearly 300MB per second"

So 4 was right, as it's a quad array. Only capacity was mistyped (GB/TB).


January 13, 2009, 3:01 pm

The 'T' is right above the 'G' ;)

(overzealous editing be damned!)


January 13, 2009, 3:52 pm

There is one minor factual error in the tittle of this article though :P. It is only the largest 2,5" SSD announced. The largest SSD is this one from BitMicro: http://www.bitmicro.com/pre...

A 3,5" 1,6 TB monster, running on a fibre channel though and not SATA.


January 13, 2009, 5:15 pm

Oh Helmore! We were enjoying the banter, really we were!!!!

At least its a step in the right direction for the industry - both form factors now reach or exceed 1TB, and as such seriously threaten MechDDs. The sooner they're gone the better methinks..


January 13, 2009, 5:23 pm

Helmore, that's not really a hard drive - to my mind, if it doesn't connect to the motherboard directly it doesn't count.


January 13, 2009, 8:15 pm

I wonder how much R&D is financed by the american military. I mean, I admire the utilitarian strategy of developing high tech toys for the IT hipsters, but if I was an American tax payer I might be less excited about it.


January 13, 2009, 11:05 pm

@ Jesper: I think it goes both ways mate... some fringe technology advances are inspired or developed by military agencies with epic R&D budgets, but then a lot of staple diet military technology runs on, by consumer standards, extremely outdated hardware. Tried and tested beats fast and feature heavy in a lot of these situations.

A lot of modern "high-tech" aerospace projects still utilise hardened 80386 CPUs and ISA cards on certain instrumental devices for instance... anything from fighter jets to military satellites. I even heard an ancedote recently about many of the NASA Shuttle's onboard systems consisting of 486/Pentium I era IBM Thinkpads.

Generally speaking these sort of defence projects are 10-20 year rigorous design-development-testing-manufacturing processes. So even the modern components picked for the latest USAF super sekrit invisible plasma-powered stealth drone bomber today will be hideously out of date by the time it actually rolls off the production line.

That said, the US military is quite possibly the world's largest money-sink in any case. Many of their tax payers appear to be fully supportive because of the belief that it's a necessity. Whether that belief is right or wrong is probably a discussion for another place and another time. ;)

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